Archive for the ‘NLIRH in the News’ Category

Women have the right to have children whenever they think this is appropriate for their unique, individual circumstances, whether they’re married or not, and to have social systems in place that support their decision, said Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Deputy Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Read the press release (in English & Spanish) here.


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Liza Fuentes, Senior Research Associate at NLIRH, has an op-ed in El Diario about Bristol Palin and abstinence only education.

Esta semana, los medios celebraron El día de la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes entrevistando a Bristol Palin, madre adolescente e hija de la gobernadora de Alaska Sarah Palin, quien trató de convencer a las y los jóvenes que su caso es ejemplo de porque no tener sexo: no puede salir con sus amigos como antes y perdió la oportunidad de asistir a la universidad fuera de Alaska. Los consejos de Bristol Palin, desgraciadamente, solo logran demostrar que tan desconectada es su campaña de la realidad de la vida de tantos Latinos adolescentes.

Read the rest here.

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Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Deputy Director for NLIRH, was mentioned in a recent TAP article about the HPV vaccine and immigrant women.

The piece covered a recent presentation given by Jessica at the Women, Action and the Media conference this past weekend.

The issue of HPV vaccination has been in the news again lately because of recent news that Merck (the company that manufactures the vaccine) is asking for it to be approved for use on boys as well.

For past coverage of the HPV vaccine at NVNV, go here, here and here.

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We have a special guestblogger this week at NVNV, Cecilia Marquez from Swarthmore College. Welcome Cecilia!


On Tuesday Executive Director Silvia Henriquez responded to the New York Time’s article For Privacy’s Sake, Taking Risks to End Pregnancy.  In her response she critiques the author’s stance by clarifying some of the challenges faced by Latina women seeking abortions.

Self-induced abortion does raise questions about women’s experience, but glossing over the challenges of gaining access to abortion services does nothing to answer these questions. It neither reflects the reality of abortion delivery nor the reality of women’s lives.

Silvia outlines some of the structural barriers for Latina women accessing abortions.  She discusses how expensive this procedure is as well as challenges the notion that availability of abortions is “widespread,” especially for women not living in urban areas.  She also highlights the fact that many women in fact would “have preferred an earlier procedure” but were financially unable to.

I think it is incredibly important to highlight some of the ways that abortion has been made completely inaccessible to women, especially working-class women. 

As we approach the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade it is important to think about new ways to make sure that a woman’s right to an abortion is both protected and accessible to all women.


Read the whole letter to the editor here.

Contributed by Cecilia Marquez

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Catholics for Choice are happy to share the wonderful news that Univision has decided to run our Condoms4Life radio ads. We emailed all of you last week, urging you to take action and ask the President and COO of Univision Radio to run these important advertisements. The Spanish-language ads, which you can listen to here and here, talk about the importance of condom use within communities of faith. We are thrilled that Univision has agreed to play the ads which will air over the holidays on Univision stations in New York City.

When Univision Radio refused to run our ads on three of their NYC stations, we asked you all to get involved. You took action in impressive numbers, sending emails to Gary Stone with the message that this kind of censorship was unacceptable and that these messages are key to keeping our community safe. We want to thank all of you for taking action, especially those who passed the message along to their friends and family. A number of blogs also posted about this issue, further spreading the action.

Gary listened to you! We have the activism of the Latino community and our allies to thank for this win and Univision to thank for doing the right thing. We want to recognize Univision for listening to the resounding message you all sent last week-that the message Good Catholics Use Condoms deserved to be heard. NLIRH and Catholics for Choice will share a message of appreciation to Univision on behalf of all of us for listening to our concerns.

Thanks again for all your hard work and support. To keep up to date on this campaign, you can visit http://www.condoms4life.org or http://www.latinainstitute.org.

In solidarity,

The staff of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Catholics for Choice

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On Sunday, June 7 the National Latina Institute tabled at an outdoor health fair organized by PS 333/335, a public elementary school in the South Bronx.  The health fair, which was attended by approximately 30 to 40 people, included live entertainment, free food and a free health raffle.  Local community organizations and health care providers were on site giving out information and answering questions.  Those who stopped by the NLIRH table found out about our organization’s work and walked away with important information and materials on cervical cancer prevention and the HPV vaccine.


The health fair was sponsored by the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF), an organization that offers health and educational services and programs to the Latino community.  At PS 333/335, CHCF runs an after-school care program and a program on healthy living.


NLIRH will be tabling at other NYC fairs and festivals this summer.  Here’s more info:


3rd Annual NYC Gender Equality Festival (organized by Girls for Gender Equity!)

Saturday, July 19th

10am – 3pm


Von King Park Cultural Center


57th Annual Health and Cultural Festival

Wednesday, August 20th

10am – 8pm

Washington Heights

159th Street bet. Amsterdam Ave and Broadway


Don’t let the sun keep you indoors! Stop by and say hello!


Contributed by Raquel Namuche, Community Mobilization Intern

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Lucy Félix, from the fantastic Migrant Health Promotion, is a recipient of the Ms. Foundation’s Women of Vision Award. She will receive the award tonight at the 20th Annual Gloria Awards.

A 2007 LOLA graduate and Houston LAN member, she began her career with Migrant Health Promotion (MHP) as a promotora de salud (health promoter) in 2000. Now, she is the community organizer and lead trainer of MHP’s La Voz Latina. La Voz Latina was initiated in 2001 to address reproductive health disparities within the marginalized and highly neglected communities along the Texan border (also known as colonias) through public education, community organizing and advocacy to increase access and public funding for reproductive healthcare services.

To read more about Lucy and her work, please click here.

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